Summary: I use this hard disk with Windows and Linux machines. Upon connection it was detected right away without requiring any software installation. Build quality looks and feels good. Haven't dropped it yet so can't confirm the military drop standards. Cable is too short (15 inches), so the hard disk has to be kept very close to the computer. MicroUSB might take a beating over the years. But that happens with all connecting devices.
Summary: The Transcend StoreJet External Hard drive seems to be a great piece of equipment so far. It fired right up, read/write speed is awesome. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I did accidentally drop it from about 1 foot while reconnecting to another machine, but no harm was done! One of the main reasons I purchased this model, aside from the military grade drop testing, was that is was USB powered, and I really liked the idea of having one less power cord to deal with.
Summary: This is a well made drive that functions as advertised and, unlike some other portable hard drives from bigger names that have developed problems after a few months, my 500gb drive has been going strong for a year with no glitches. I'm using it on both a Mac laptop and a PC laptop with no problems at all.
Like it a lot...but concerned by the Western Digital inside
28 July 2011
Summary: Just got this 500gb external drive. Love the way it looks, feels (rugged) and operates (fast and quiet -- maybe a tad too warm). My concern is that the actual drive inside the unit turned out to be a Western Digital. (This is easy to tell via the free Western Digital Logistics program, or -- I assume -- similar programs.